UCLA head coach Jim Mora, Jr. talked to the media following Thursday’s practice regarding ‘his guy’ in outside linebacker Anthony Barr and said he wouldn’t trade him for anyone…not even Jadeveon Clowney, via CoachingSearch.
“Every area. Every single area he needs to improve on. He needs to fill his tool box up with more pass rush moves. He needs to get a better understanding of protection schemes and how to attack certain blockers. He needs to work more in coverage. He needs to be better against the run, playing with leverage, locking guys out, and working on his disengage. The great thing about “AB” is that he’s working on all of those things. I know there is the Clowney kid and he’s a darn good football player, but I’d put Anthony Barr against any defense player in the country. There is nobody I would trade him for. Nobody.”
‘A darn good football player’ is slightly an understatement, don’t you think? Clowney is the biggest freak we’ve seen come through college football since sack-master Derrick Thomas.
Mora went on to announce that Barr’s goal should be to win the Heisman, and that he’s starting the campaign during that particular interview. It looks like he and Clowney will go head-to-head to become the first true defensive Heisman winner, riding the coat tails of Manti Te’o’s headway in 2012. Clowney’s campaign officially kicked off with ‘The Hit’ against Michigan.
Barr is a converted fullback/running back who started all 14 games for the Bruins in 2012 at outside linebacker. He was a second-team All-American and racked up 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. Barr compares more to former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones than Clowney. Jones played the same position, and by comparison, Jones racked up 14.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss and missed two games.
Clowney pinned an amazing 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss while getting double-teamed and chipped on every play.
Barr recently expressed he wanted to become the first player drafted in 2014, but barring injury, that will belong to Clowney.
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